I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

Infobox Song
Name =I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

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Artist =The Beatles
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Album =Beatles for Sale
Published =
Released =December 4, 1964
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Recorded =Abbey Road Studios 29 September 1964
Genre =Beat, Country rock
Length =2:33
Writer =Lennon/McCartney
Label =Parlophone PMC 1240 (mono) PCS 3062 (stereo) CDP 7 46438 2
Producer =George Martin
Chart position =
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Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Beatles for Sale
Type = studio
Tracks = ;Side one
# "No Reply"
# "I'm a Loser"
# "Baby's in Black"
# "Rock and Roll Music"
# "I'll Follow the Sun"
# "Mr. Moonlight"
# Medley: "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey";Side two
# "Eight Days a Week"
# "Words of Love"
# "Honey Don't"
# "Every Little Thing"
# "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"
# "What You're Doing"
# "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby"
Infobox Song
Name =I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

Caption =single cover
Type =B-side to "Eight Days a Week"
Artist =The Beatles
Published =
Released =15 February, 1965 (US only)
Label =Capitol 5371 (US)
Chart position =* #39 (US)
Misc =
"I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" is a song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon but credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was released on the album "Beatles for Sale" in the United Kingdom in 1964 and on the album "Beatles VI" in the United States in 1965. It was the B-side of "Eight Days a Week", which went to #1. The B-side song reached #39 in the U.S. It was also released in 1964, on side 2 of the Beatles for Sale (No.2) 45 extended play on Parlophone/EMI in mono.


The lyrics revisit Lennon's familiar themes of alienation and inner pain. In this song, he is at a party, waiting for his girl to show up. When it becomes clear that she has stood him up, he decides to go, rather than spoil the party for everyone else. Gram Parsons has noted that this song is one of the Beatles tunes that had a strong country influence.


*John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
*Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass
*George Harrison – lead guitar
*Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

Other versions

The song was covered by Rosanne Cash for her "Hits 1979-1989" compilation. It went to #1 on the U.S. country music charts in 1989.


*Murashev, Dmitry. [http://www.dmbeatles.com/disk.php?disk=4 "Beatles for Sale by the Beatles"] . Retrieved August 29, 2007.
*Whitburn, Joel (2004). "Top Pop Singles 1955-2002", pg. 45. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.

External links

* [http://www.stevesbeatles.com/songs/i_dont_want_to_spoil_the_party.asp Song lyrics]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3s320r4ay48n Review] on Allmusic
* [http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/i-dont-want-to-spoil-the-party/ The Beatles Bible: I Don't Want To Spoil The Party]

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